Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge Grand Vin 2019
Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 58% Grenache 25% Syrah 11% Mourvèdre 6% Cinsault
This wine is dark ruby red in colour. On the nose, there are intense aromas of cherries and raspberries with notes of herbs, liquorice and black pepper. It has a lively acidity with a good concentration of supple tannins evolving towards graphite notes. A long, lingering finish.
Situated northeast of the town, the vineyards neoighbour those of Château Rayas. Spread over 70 hectares (60 of red, 10 of white), the soils vary greatly, from sand to quartz 'galets' (pudding stones) and clay/limestone outcrops. This diversity of soils and exposures adds complexity to the blend, with the fruit from the sandier soil lending aromatic elegance and that from the pudding stones giving power and intensity. The vines are between 40 and 70 years old on average.
The 18th century Château de Vaudieu has been in the Bréchet family for over 50 years and today is run by Laurent Bréchet, the grandson of the original owner. The name ‘Vaudieu’ originates from ‘Vallée de Dieu’, or ‘Valley of God’ – in reference to the beauty of the area around Châteauneuf-du-Pape.